Book Tour: Thirst Trap by Zachary Ryan Book Review

Monday, 13 April 2020

Title: Thirst Trap
Author: Zachary Ryan
Pages: 210
Publication date: 4th November 2019
Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company

Trigger warnings: mental & physical abuse, substance abuse, suicide & death.

About the book
Tragedy comes in all forms, and you never know how you’ll deal with it. Four friends have all dealt with their fair share of struggles.

Dillion, an aspiring writer with writers block because of his brothers sudden death, Jesse the emotional stunted drink thanks to his boyfriend’s suicide, Ivan the abused victim just looking for a place to call home, and Leo the stubborn romantic trying to get his friends to open up, while keeping his issues close to his chest.

With these four friends, they avoid all their elephants in the room like a death card agreement between Dillion and Jesse, Ivan completely hoping his abusive lover with change or even Leo focusing on his friend's problems instead of his own.

Can these four friends learn to embrace and accept their own tragedy or will they be stuck in the past? Thirst Trap is a humorous coming of age novel dealing with sexuality, tragedy, substance abuse, and the most beautiful insane friendships.

This is the first book I've ever read by Zachary Ryan and I absolutely loved the premise; four young gay men who are struggling with their own personal issues but are there for one another no matter what.

My issue with this book, is that there are four huge - and trust me, I mean huge - storylines crammed into a very short book. The book is a little over 200 pages long, so each character gets roughly 50 pages to tell their story, and it just wasn't enough - at least not for me.

I actually really liked the characters (despite the questionable dialogue at times - really, I don't think I've ever heard anyone talk like that in real life) and I wanted to read more about their lives and their struggles, but in all honesty, I really struggled to get to grips with how little space these characters had to tell their stories and how abruptly everything seemed to come to and end. This book would have been fine had the story only focused on one of the characters, but it's trying to cover everything from suicide to marriage problems to emotional and physical abuse to alcohol abuse and it's just a lot for 200 pages to cover.

Because his book was a so short, I don't feel I got to grips with any of the characters as there simply wasn't enough time to do so. Had this book been a 400 page book then I think it would have given the author more time to allow us to get to know these characters a hell of a lot more than what we did, because like I previously mentioned, I did actually like the characters and their friendship group dynamic worked very well, but the bigger issues at hand seemed to be glanced over, which is a shame because the issues mentioned in this book are actually really important topics and typically ones I like to read about.

Had this book been longer with more time to explore each character and their own personal issues - along with some work on the dialogue - then this would have been a 4 star review, but sadly, for me, the book was just far too short with an abrupt ending.

Verdict: ★★

Check out the rest of the tour schedule:
April 7th - - welcome post
April 10th - - interview
April 11th - - book promotion
April 12th - - review

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